July 25, 2016
Summer Workshops – During August, we are offering some special workshops to help students who are intersted in learning something new and for students who want to be a little better prepared for school in the fall. Each session is designed for a specific age level or to address a focused skill area.
Kindergarten Preparation Workshops – Mrs. Rivera has taught Primary grades (K-3) for several years. She knows what skills every Kindergarten teacher wishes their incoming students had on the first day.
Ready for Kindergarten I – 9:00 – 10:00 on August 2, 4, 9 & 11
Introduction to phonics and counting/numbers – Students will explore the shapes and sounds of English language. (1 hour per day for 4 days) $50
Ready for Kindergarten II – 10:00 -11:00 on August 2, 4, 8 & 11
OFFERED AGAIN on August 15-18 if we have enough inerest
Early reading & decoding words and Counting & working with numbers – Students will practice phoneticly decodable word as well as sight words to help them on their way to a lifetime of reading. (1 hour per day for 4 days) $50
Writing Workshops – Mr. Dorland has taught writing to students of all ages. He is ready to teach a few classes of various levels to help students better understand how to complete writing tasks they may be assigned in school.
Introduction to Writing for Elementary Students – 2:00 – 3:00 on August 2, 4, 9 & 11
Introduction to Writing for Elementary Students – Use your imagination and share!
Students will write narratives in which they recount a well-elaborated event or short sequence of events, include details to describe actions, thoughts, and feelings, use temporal words to signal event order, and provide a sense of closure. (1 hour per day for 4 days) $50
Writing for Middle School Students – 3:00 – 4:00 on August 2, 4, 9 & 11
Writing for Middle School Students – How to complete that writing assignment!
Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information. (1 hour per day for 4 days) $50
Creative Writing for Upper Level Students – 2:00 – 4:00 on August 16 & 18
Creative Writing for Upper Level Students – Writing something someone else will want to read! How to start with a writing prompt and make it grow into something you can be proud of. (2 hour per day for 2 days) $50
Mathematics Workshops – Mr. Keahey has taught math to students of all ages. He is ready to teach a few classes of various levels to help students be better prepared for their school math classes this fall.
Basics Arithmetic Operations – 2:00 – 3:00 on August 1, 3, 8 & 10
Reviewing the Basics – Many students still struggle with multiplication and division. Once they understand these, fractions and decimals become easier. This workshop will reinforce a student’s current skills then move on to strengthening those that are not so strong. (1 hour per day for 4 days) $50
Introduction to Geometry – 2:00 – 4:00 on August 15, 17, 22 & 24
Introduction to Geometry – Shape up your math skills by getting to know all the angles. You may not earn your degree in this workshop but you will build a foundation for that geometry class that is coming up. Have fun building some “real life” models using what you learn. (2 hours per day for 4 days) $85
Introduction to Algebra – 3:00 – 4:00 on August 1, 3, 8 & 10
Introduction to Algebra – Once the basics are strong, students are ready to move into solving algebretic equations. (1 hour per day for 4 days) $50
Science Workshops – Mr. Meldrum teaches science in the Rochester School District, but now he is ready to teach some science classes for us. Courses up for your consideration are:
Basic Physics w/ Simple Machines– 9:00 – 11:00 on August 18 & 19
Basic Physics – “So, that’s how it works!” – Using simple machines, students will learn about the physics behind things they see in every day life. By understanding how these things work, they will be better prepared to solve the physics problems of their future. (2 hour per day for 2 days) $50
Lego Robotics intro – 1:00 – 3:00 on August 18 & 19
Introduction to Lego Robotics – Making “simple machines” more complex. Students will learn about gear-ratios, gear trains and construction of basic motorized vehicles. How do these things relate to the proposed use of the machine? (2 hour per day for 2 days) $50
Chemical Reactions – 4:00 – 6:00 on August 22 & 24
Chemical Reactions – What happens when I mix this with that…and why? What is an acid? What is a base? Why do some things create heat but others don’t? (2 hour per day for 2 days) $50
Thank you for allowing us to work with your sudents. Please feel free to call, text or email if you would like to enroll your student for any of these workshops or if you have questions or concerns.
(369) 269-2975 Steve@TheFreemanCenter.com
Our building was built in 1923 in the Historic Edison District of Centralia. Its design incorporated elements of popular designs of the day, from the “dog-eared” ridges of its high roof to the wide, front porch with a 40″ wide front door, heavy corbels and semi-circular roof. For the first 83 years of its life it served as home to a few families. It was always well cared for and stood tall as many people traveled 1st Street between downtown and Fords Prairie.
In 2007, this fine, old home became the home of The Freeman Center. Today, it includes four classrooms (formerly known as Living Room, Dining Room, Bedroom and Den). The long-neglected basement was renovated into a “Science Laboratory”. Today, it is not uncommon to see young students learning to read, older students working on math or language, high school students learning Algebra while a group of students are in the basement building rockets or Lego robots.
This is what happens when a guy has a shop, access to wood, a bit of free time and a wild imagination! The idea sprung from a discussion of geometry which included using the angles and proportions of a pencil to create problems for students to solve. A few weeks later, a giant pencil was born. It is 24′ tall and 2′ in diameter. The body is made from 12″x 1/2″ recycled cedar. The ferrule is three pieces of sheet metal, shaped and riveted together. The current eraser is made from a 40 gallon drum which was made in Greece. The current point was turned from laminated wood which was recycled from the pipes of a 1906 theater pipe organ. The tip is actually the end of a metal pipe from the same pipe organ. It is made from a zinc and lead alloy so it looks a lot like graphite!
Students who work hard at The Freeman Center not only improve their grades in school and develop skills and strategies to help them succeed in life but they can also earn “cruises” in vintage cars. They are invited to take friends and/or family members for the ride and stop for ice-cream along the way.
Along the way, the topics of conversation range from local history and old cars, to their hopes and dreams for their future. It is a time enjoyed by all.
It is hard to believe that this is our 15th year in business! Even after all that time, hardly a week goes by but what someone does not comment that they “had no idea there is a small museum in this place!” It doesn’t take them long to figure out why we have our collection of artifacts though. We use our artifacts to engage even the most reluctant students. Once a student is engaged in learning, they are open to improving the skills which make learning easier. Often, we hear the adults comment that they want to come to classes here because “you make learning so much fun!”
If you have wondered what happens at that place with the big pencil out front, please stop by for a tour and we’ll show you. We have worked with students between 4 and 77 years old! It would be best to call or email for an appointment though, because we don’t want to interrupt our students as they work to improve their school skills.
We have quite a few books to share with students too. Any student who comes for a tour with an adult can choose a book to take home.